The Georgia Trial Lawyers' Guide to the 2017 Legislative Session
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GTLA Legislative Watch: Week 7 Update
Legislative Days 29-31 (of 40)

Last Friday was Crossover Day in the Georgia General Assembly, marking all bills that did not receive passage in their chamber of origin as dead until next Session. Your GTLA Lobbying Team advocated for your clients' rights until the final gavel of the evening at 10:45 p.m., and we are happy to report it was a successful day under the Gold Dome. 

GTLA was tracking 13 bills between the two chambers on Crossover Day, all but one of which passed with the input of our lobbyists. In total, GTLA is now tracking 19 bills that are still seeking final passage by both chambers before Sine Die (Day 40).

This week saw the first piece of GTLA-monitored legislation pass both chambers when House Bill 146, the "Firefighter Bill," unanimously passed on the Senate floor. HB 146 would call for individual fire departments to purchase and maintain insurance coverage for each firefighter in the event they contract cancer which is so prevalent among firefighters as a result of their work. HB 146 is the compromise to similar legislation vetoed by Gov. Deal last year that would have qualified cancer as an occupational disease under the Georgia Workers' Compensation statute.

With only 10 legislative days left, we are watching everything closely. Just because a bill did not pass before Crossover Day does not mean that the language cannot be added to another bill; therefore, we will do our best to keep you updated as developments arise. As always, I will try to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to shoot me an email at, or call my cell phone at (478) 217-0232. In addition, GTLA Director of Political Affairs Bill Clark can be contacted at or at (404) 759-5042.

What We're Watching

The following is a list of some of the bills that GTLA will continue to monitor in the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session. Their current committee assignment has also been listed for your reference:

House Bill 1 - Georgia Spaceflight Act (Senate Science & Technology Committee)

House Bill 15 - E-filing for state and superior courts (Senate Judiciary Committee) 

House Bill 50 - Liability for certain livestock activities (Senate Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee)

House Bill 192 - Liability for corporate officers and directors (Senate Banking & Financial Institutions Committee)

Senate Bill 46 - Georgia Spaceflight Act (House Judiciary Committee)

Senate Bill 126 - Changes venue for Tort Claims cases to the county in which the tort occurred and codifies current caselaw allowing venue for wrongful death claims to be in the county where the tort occurred or where the decedent died (House Judiciary Committee)

Senate Bill 219 - Establish provisions for operating autonomous cars, including liability (House Transportation Committee)

Bills At-a-Glance

Total Currently Tracked: 35

Bills of Note Recently Introduced: 
  • House Bill 536 - Would revise the provisions relating to which services could be rendered by emergency medical technicians (EMTs)
  • House Bill 542 - Would provide for a social host's criminal responsibility and civil liability as it relates to the furnishing, purchasing or possession of alcohol for minors

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